Kings of Atlantis

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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So-so animated series will appeal to Minecraft fans.

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Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Good and evil are sometimes blurred since Joe and Cody must battle a family member for control of the kingdom. The idea that destiny determines our path in life stands out, but the characters exert some control of how that destiny is channeled.

Positive role models & representations

Joe's courage and Cody's sense of loyalty are their best qualities, and their father's faith in them inspires them to greatness in the face of adversity.

Violence & scariness

Weapons include energy crystals, swords that emit electric shocks, and tridents. No blood or obvious injury.

Sexy stuff
Language

Mild name-calling such as "twerp."

Consumerism

The show stars the characters central to the YouTube Minecraft channel TheAtlanticCraft.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kings of Atlantis starring Joe and Cody of the Minecraft-related YouTube channel TheAtlanticCraft requires a YouTube Red subscription to watch. The guys' animated alter egos are two dissimilar brothers charged with protecting their underwater kingdom from an evil family member. There are some clashes in the struggle for power, and weapons such as tridents and electric swords are used, but violence is minimal, and language is limited to occasional name-calling such as "twerp." Kids who love Minecraft and TheAtlanticCraft's channel in particular may enjoy this extension of the creators' work, but it's less tempting for viewers who haven't caught the Minecraft bug.

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What's the story?

KINGS OF ATLANTIS opens on coronation day in the sunken city of Atlantis, where brothers Joe and Cody prepare to share the duties of rulers of their kingdom when their father, King Atlas, abdicates to them. But at the moment when he divides his crown and relinquishes the two pieces to his sons, his evil brother Phaeton swoops in to steal them and claim the power of the Nexus that has protected Atlantis for centuries. Now Joe and Cody must team up to defeat their uncle and retrieve their crowns to assume their rightful positions on the kingdom's thrones.

Is it any good?

If Minecraft is your kid's thing, then this YouTube Red series will be near the top of their watch list. The content's nothing to worry about, and despite their very different personalities and frequent goofing off, Cody and Joe make a pretty effective team when they put their heads together. Once tasked with the job of defeating their uncle, they muster their determination and set out to do so.

Kings of Atlantis is lighthearted enough that what violence does exist isn't noteworthy, and the characters rarely are in any tangible danger. The plot is fairly trite and the animation mundane, so it's not likely to bring in many viewers who aren't already visitors to TheAtlanticCraft channel, but it is a fun extension of gamers Joe and Cody's existing content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sibling relationships, such as the one between Joe and Cody in Kings of Atlantis. Are they more difficult to manage than friendships? What particular challenges arise between brothers and sisters that are less frequent between friends? On the other hand, what are the benefits of having siblings? 

  • Joe and Cody have prominent character strengths (courage and loyalty, respectively) that their father admires. What are your kids' best qualities, and how do they make them better people? Which character strengths do they admire in others? 

  • Do you kids play Minecraft? What do they like about it? How does it foster creativity?

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